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University world rankings

Lund University – A top 100 university

Lund University is highly ranked in many international comparisons of higher education institutions. The University has been consistently placed in the global top 100 in different university rankings.

Lund University is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in the QS and U.S. News rankings. It is also highly placed in the Times Higher Education (THE) and Shanghai rankings:

The University is ranked: 

  • 95th place in the QS Rankings 2023
  • 95th place in the U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2022
  • 119th place in the THE World University Rankings 2023
  • Place 151–200 in Shanghai Ranking's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2022

See the ranking websites for more information on each ranking:

Lund University is the highest-ranked comprehensive university in Sweden in the QS rankings, the U.S. News rankings, and the THE rankings.

The University is also ranked in a number of broad and specific subject areas, by different ranking organisations:

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Broad subject areas

  • arts and humanities (135)
  • engineering and technology (113)
  • life sciences and medicine (65)
  • natural sciences (86)

Top 50, specific subject areas

  • development studies (29)
  • environmental sciences (35)
  • geography (23)
  • nursing (50)

Top 100, specific subject areas

  • agriculture and forestry (67)
  • anatomy and physiology (51–100)
  • architecture and built environment (51–100)
  • biological sciences (83)
  • communication and media studies (51–100)
  • earth and marine sciences (51–100)
  • geology (51–100)
  • geophysics (51–100)
  • history (51–100)
  • medicine (75)
  • politics (51–100)
  • social policy and administration (51–100)
  • sociology (85)
  • theology, divinity and religious studies (51–100)

Top 200, specific subject areas

  • accounting and finance (151–200)
  • anthropology (101–140)
  • archaeology (101–150)
  • business and management studies (140)
  • chemistry (102)
  • economics and econometrics (132)
  • engineering – civil and structural (101–150)
  • engineering – electrical and electronic (110)
  • engineering – mechanical, aeronautical & manufacturing (127)
  • English language and literature (151–200)
  • hospitality and leisure management (101–150)
  • law and legal studies (101–150)
  • linguistics (101–150)
  • mathematics (151–200)
  • modern languages (151–200)
  • pharmacy and pharmacology (101–150)
  • physics and astronomy (125)
  • psychology (151–200)
  • statistics and operational research (101–150)

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022


Separate ranking for business Master's

QS also has a separate ranking for business Master's – the QS Business Masters Rankings – where Lund University is ranked in the categories 'marketing' and 'finance'. 

  • marketing (42)
  • finance (47)

QS Master's in Marketing Ranking 2022 (separate ranking)

QS Master's in Finance Ranking 2022 (separate ranking)*

*The Master's in Finance is also ranked among the top 50 by the Financial Times. See below.

THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Top 100

  • arts and humanities (83)
  • business and economics (86)
  • clinical and health (99)
  • law (50)
  • life sciences (83)
  • physical sciences (96)
  • social sciences (60)

Top 200

  • engineering (151–175)

THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Financial Times rankings – finance and management

The Master's programmes in Finance and International Strategic Management offered by the Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM) are ranked among the top 50 and top 100 by the Financial Times, in two separate rankings: 

  • finance (39)
  • management (57)

Financial Times Masters in Finance pre-experience 2022

Financial Times Masters in Management 2022

Finally, the University is ranked for sustainability, internationalisation, reputation and employability:

Lund University is ranked 12th place in the QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023 (first edition).

See the ranking website for more information:

QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023

Lund University is ranked 61st place in the THE Most International Universities in the World Rankings 2023.

See the ranking website for more information:

THE Most International Universities in the World Rankings 2023

Lund University is ranked place 101–125 in the THE World Reputation Rankings 2021.

See the ranking website for more information:

THE World Reputation Rankings 2021

Lund University is ranked place 121–130 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 and 215th place in the THE Global University Employability Ranking 2021.

See the ranking websites for more information:

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

THE Global University Employability Ranking 2021

Related information

About the University

According to national application statistics, Lund University is consistently the most popular choice in Sweden for international degree students.

Application statistics – uhr.se (in Swedish)

About Lund and Sweden

The city of Lund was named the best student city in Sweden by Studentum in 2022. It was also named a global winner in the climate challenge One Planet City Challenge by WWF during the same year, after competing with 280 cities worldwide.

Lund was also found to be the best performing middle-sized city in Europe in the European Commission's Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor of 2019. 

During the same year, Sweden was named the world's most reputable country by Forbes. 

Sweden is also among the top 5 countries in the world when it comes to providing higher education, as well as innovation. At the same time, it is among the top 10 countries in the world when it comes to proficiency in English as a second language.

Learn more on the websites below: